have one's work cut out for one

have (one's) work cut out for (one)

To be faced with a difficult task. I knew I had my work cut out for me when I saw how messy the play room was.
See also: cut, have, out, work
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

have one's work cut out for (one)

Fig. to have a large and difficult task prepared for one. They sure have their work cut out for them, and it's going to be hard. There is a lot for Bob to do. He has his work cut out for him.
See also: cut, have, out, work
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

have one's work cut out for one

Face a difficult task, as in This is a very large house to manage, so I have my work cut out for me. This expression alludes to cloth cut out to make a garment. [c. 1600]
See also: cut, have, one, out, work
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

work cut out for one, to have one's

To have trouble completing a task; to face a difficult job. This term, which alludes to a pattern cut from cloth that must then be made into a garment, has been used since about 1600. Anthony Trollope used it in Orley Farm (1862): “Everyone knew that his work was cut out for him.”
See also: cut, have, out, work
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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